James Donald Bean, 90, of Audubon, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2725 Egypt Rd., Audubon, PA 19403. A private burial will be in Augustus Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Trappe, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials in James’ name may be made to the Valley Forge Park Alliance, c/o The Friends of Valley Forge Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406. www.vfparkalliance.org. Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home & Crematory, of Trappe, Pa., is assisting the family with arrangements.

James Donald Bean, 90, of Audubon, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2725 Egypt Rd., Audubon, PA 19403. A private burial will be in Augustus Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Trappe, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials in James’ name may be made to the Valley Forge Park Alliance, c/o The Friends of Valley Forge Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406. www.vfparkalliance.org. Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home & Crematory, of Trappe, Pa., is assisting the family with arrangements.

James was born July 13, 1927, in Geneseo, the son of Clare Bean and Lora E. Downey Bean. He was a star athlete in football and track at Geneseo High School, where he was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for track. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy under the V-5 program during his college years. James graduated in 1949 from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science in chemistry with minors in math and physics. He worked for John Deere (Rock Island and Ottumwa, Iowa) from 1949-1954.

He moved to Norristown, Pa., in 1954 to begin a long career at Superior Tube Company, in Collegeville, Pa. He held many positions during his 40 years at Superior until his retirement. He was a charter member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Ambler, Pa.; president of the Jaycees; and he volunteered at Valley Forge National Park and drove patients to hospital visits. For the last 13 years, James and Hedi have lived at Shannondell Retirement Community. His hobbies included camping, photography, bowling and tennis. He was a member of the American Society of Metallurgists.

James is survived by his wife, Hedi Bean, of Audubon, Pa.; sister, Carol Maplethorpe, of Antioch, Ill.; daughter, Terry (David) Lupo, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; daughter, Vicky Bean, of Antioch, Tenn.; son, James J. (Tamara) Bean, of Cary, N.C.; son, Charles (Karen) Smith, of Hatfield, Pa.; daughter, Pam (Tom) Laurent, of Maple Glen, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and to great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Paul and William Bean; and by his daughter, Amy Derfler.